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All That Glitters May Be Diamonds

All That Glitters May Be Diamonds

Whoa! What a thrilling experience I just had, if you are wondering, I was involved in a list of unfamiliar projects that had me on the edge of doing new things right. First, in August, I was asked to write an original song for the Academy’s 2nd Annual Telethon. After the telethon aired, I was contacted by a senior program officer of Clubhouse International and asked to perform my song for the USA Clubhouse conference and give a talk about my life experience. Being involved in the Clubhouse’s project had me very excited but also nervous because I have not done the things required for this project. My world has changed after knowing what goes into play when creating videos and performing speeches. I knew what I could bring to the table, but I realized how much I do not know. I really hope that I can become very skilled and comfortable in front of a recording camera, even though I have become used to it but it’s going to take time for it to feel natural. I had so much fun dipping my talents in that lovely process of creating inspiration for others.

I thank all who helped me along the way in creating this project. I look forward to collaborating on other projects with other talented artists. I’m guessing somewhere in the future, staff member Jodi-lee and I will collaborate on a song; I would love that. Just remember; we’re all talented in our own ways, so let’s really bite down and press on our gifts until it turns into many diamonds.

Note to our readers: To watch video of Terrell’s speech and rap song (10 minutes total time), please click on the link below. This recording was produced in the Academy’s multimedia studio. Enjoy!

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